Boston Bruins v Toronto Maple Leafs - Game Four

Last season during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, I put out a morning “noteworthy” column in the style of Trey Kerby’s “Things Of Note” posts on The Basketball Jones. This year I’ll be doing something similar (I think with some upgrades on my own previous attempts) using the NHL’s morning press release (“Stanley Cup of Joe,” they’re calling it), my own opinions, and some videos, .GIFs and appropriate pictures. Quoted passages are from the NHL press release.

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Playoff hockey: kinda close

Every opening-round series has had at least one overtime game. In total, 13 of the first 34 postseason games have required overtime (38.2%), with home teams winning eight of those contests (.615). Last year, a record 16 opening-round games (33.3%) went past regulation, with home clubs only winning four times (.250).

Keep calling them comebacks

Last night two teams came from behind to win, which means in the past 12 NHL playoff games, the winner has fallen behind in eight of them. Note to NHL coaches: you should totally try to give up a bunch of goals early on.

Three OT winners

Slava Voynov scored for the Kings

Nick Bonino scored for the Ducks

And David Krejci scored for the Bruins

30+ club

With four close games and three going to OT, some stud defenseman stayed on the ice for a lot of minutes:

Zdeno Chara: 33:03
Dion Phaneuf: 31: 14
Ryan McDonagh: 31:29
Drew Doughty: 33:37
Dan Girardi was also about 20 seconds off cracking the 30 minute plateau

Sooo, I guess you could say they’ve been fairly even?

Through five games, the St. Louis-Los Angeles series has featured two overtime games (Games 1 and 5), both stemming from last-minute, game-tying goals. There also was one game in which the winning goal was scored in the final minute of regulation (Game 2). The Blues and Kings have been tied or separated by one goal for 98.4% of the series – St. Louis had the only two-goal lead for 5:01 during the first period of Game 4.

The teams also have doled out 406 hits (STL: 202, LA: 204) to date in the series, an average of more than 81 per game.

The Blues may be behind a game, but you certainly can’t challenge their commitment.

(via Deadspin)

Your playoff scoring leader:

David Krejci. He has five goals and five assists for ten points after his hat trick last night, which puts him on a list of three people to ever score a playoff hat trick that included the overtime winner (with Gretzky and Jean Ratelle).

Also good

Zdeno Chara tallied four assists last night, becoming the first Bruins defenseman to ever pile up that many in a playoff game. He’s the first Bruins player at any position to pick up for assists since 1991.

GWGs

Derek Stepan has ‘em in back-to-back games now.

GIF-tastic

This is about as good as .GIFs get, and we had some beauties floating around yesterday.

Good job, good effort Ovi. (This originated somewhere on HF Boards, possibly from “PJay NYR?”)

Loose Pucks

* Boston forward Jaromir Jagr collected one assist to move past Brett Hull for sole possession of sixth place on the NHL’s all-time playoff scoring list (78-113—191 in 184 GP)

* Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter scored twice. He ranked fourth in the League with 26 goals in 48 games this season

* NY Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist improved to 7-3 with a 2.11 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and one shutout in his last 10 playoff games at Madison Square Garden

* Anaheim forward Ryan Getzlaf evened the score with his third goal of the playoffs

* Toronto forward Clarke MacArthur scored his first postseason goal

Tonights action

All Times Eastern

NY Islanders @ Pittsburgh, Game 5, series tied 2-2, 7:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, MSG Plus, ROOT
Ottawa @ Montreal, Game 5, OTT leads 3-1, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, CBC, RDS
Minnesota @ Chicago, Game 5, CHI leads 3-1, 9:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, RDS2, FS-N, FS-WI, CSN-CH

Comments (6)

  1. Okay, I have to ask – what the hell is with CBC’s PBP guys always REALLY favouring the Blues? They go insane whenever the Blues score and then basically no-sell the Kings’ OT winner. Hrudey’s trying to give SOME balance (… for obvious reasons…), at least.

    Oh, well, you got the feeling that whichever team scored in that OT was winning Game 6. For the Kings, it would have been a crushing defeat after being 45 seconds away from a win; for the Blues, they had that emotional high ripped away from them in a game where they out-chanced the Kings quite badly, and now have to go back into the maw at Staples, where they got beaten up in Game 4.

  2. fantastic gif!!! :) One has to wonder wtf Ovi is thinking there…

  3. I think that Ovi gif could use a Systems Analyst post – I’ve had Caps fans tell me that Ovi was doing what he was supposed to be doing & Stepan wasn’t his man… but I’d think if you saw the net yawning open like that, you should do *something*? I really don’t know, but the gif does make it look especially bad.

  4. That is the hardest I’ve ever laughed at a Gif

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